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Buttermilk Jalapeno Cheddar Stuffed Smoked Meatloaf

Tender meatloaf is infused with buttermilk for extra moisture, studded with spicy jalapenos, given a vein of melted sharp cheddar right down the center, slathered with barbecue sauce, and slow smoked to perfection.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 299kcal


  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1/2 lb hot Italian ground sausage
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 small white onion, diced
  • 4 tbsp chopped pickled jalapenos
  • 3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp barbecue rub
  • pinch garlic powder
  • 8 oz block sharp cheddar cheese
  • barbecue sauce, for topping


  • In a large mixing bowl, add all of the ingredients except for the cheese & barbecue sauce. Using a spatula, or your hands, mix and stir until the entire mixture's uniform and evenly incorporated.
  • Poke holes in the bottom of a disposable aluminum baking pan. Add the meat mixture to it, and form it into a log.
  • Preheat your smoker to 245 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the meatloaf tray on a higher shelf in the smoker, and place another whole tray directly underneath to catch any grease/drippings. Fill your smoker's water pan with water.
  • Smoke the meat for 2 1/2 hours, or until a thermometer inserted in the center reads 160 degrees. 


We use a blend of maple, pecan, and cherry wood chips- although hickory and apple would also work well. Add chips as necessary throughout the cooking process to ensure a good smokey flavor throughout the meatloaf.


Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 523mg | Potassium: 491mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 4.5mg